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Transfering my details on to a second hand laptop RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi,
    I want to buy a nearly-new laptop that has XP and Office installed on it. I'm assuming these software products will be registered/activated already and will want them in my name once I but the machine. For example, as well as the software being registered to me I want to appear as the "Author" in Word documents I send to other people etc.

    Can this transfer be easliy done?

    Many thanks!

    Jay
    Friday, August 21, 2009 8:33 PM

Answers

  • Hi Jay NW,

      This is my own personal (non-Microsoft) opinion but it's based on 3 years of experience in these forums. When buying a used computer with Windows XP and/or Office, (and you are unable to inspect the computer before you buy it) it's safest to Assume that the software is Non-Genuine. 

      If they do turn out to be Genuine, wonderful. But I can tell you that it's not always the case. When you look at the price for the used PC, add to it the amount it would cost for a new copy of Windows and/or Office because (as far as I have seen) it's about a 50/50 chance that you would need to replace non-genuine software.

      As to your original question, I really don't know.  The way to make your name show as the Author of a Doc is to add your name as the "Licensed Owner" within the software and the only way I know how to do that is during install/reinstall of the software.  There may be another way, but I would recommend going to the Office site http://office.microsoft.com to see if/how to do it in Office and go to the XP Newsgroups http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone/newsgroups/reader.mspx to see if/how to do it in XP.


    Sorry I couldn't be more help,
    Darin MS 
    Monday, August 24, 2009 8:07 PM

All replies

  • Hello Jay NW,

    You wrote, "I'm assuming these software products will be registered/activated already..."

    That's a BIG assumption.

    Run this utility http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=52012 on the laptop and copy/paste the results in a reply message.
    For great advice on all topics XP, visit http://www.annoyances.org/exec/forum/winxp
    Friday, August 21, 2009 8:45 PM
  • I haven't bought the laptop yet. I'm looking at ebay for a nearly new one. There are a few on there much cheaper than new and barely used. I really want them to be properly registered to me so I can use Outlook and Word in my name.

    If they are registered can anything be done to swap ownership to me once I've bought he machine?  Many thanks!
    Saturday, August 22, 2009 8:46 PM
  • Hi Jay NW,

      This is my own personal (non-Microsoft) opinion but it's based on 3 years of experience in these forums. When buying a used computer with Windows XP and/or Office, (and you are unable to inspect the computer before you buy it) it's safest to Assume that the software is Non-Genuine. 

      If they do turn out to be Genuine, wonderful. But I can tell you that it's not always the case. When you look at the price for the used PC, add to it the amount it would cost for a new copy of Windows and/or Office because (as far as I have seen) it's about a 50/50 chance that you would need to replace non-genuine software.

      As to your original question, I really don't know.  The way to make your name show as the Author of a Doc is to add your name as the "Licensed Owner" within the software and the only way I know how to do that is during install/reinstall of the software.  There may be another way, but I would recommend going to the Office site http://office.microsoft.com to see if/how to do it in Office and go to the XP Newsgroups http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone/newsgroups/reader.mspx to see if/how to do it in XP.


    Sorry I couldn't be more help,
    Darin MS 
    Monday, August 24, 2009 8:07 PM